Favorite New Orleans Mid-City
restaurants include the iconic, traditional, quirky, ethnic, and gourmet. There's a real New Orleans vibe to the neighborhood and its eateries.
Brocato's is a New Orleans tradition - kind of a piece of delicious living history. It tops the list of places to get sweets and treats
in New Orleans. Brocato's offers house-made Italian ice cream and pastries, including Gelato, fruit ices, spumoni, cassata, cannoli, Zuppa Inglese, Sicilian Cassata cake, Tira MiSu cake, all made according to handed-down original Sicilian recipes. You can also get a cup of coffee. Descendants of the founder, immigrant Angelo Brocato, still runs the nostalgic establishment that has a wonderful Old World atmosphere.
Family-operated Liuzza's has been in Mid-City since 1947 and attracts regulars from all areas of New Orleans. Expect traditional New Orleans comfort food, Cajun, Italian, and Seafood dishes. This is as New Orleans as it gets. Don't forget to order a big frozen chalice mugs of beer or root beer.
It serves lunch, but The Ruby Slipper Cafe is best known for its great brunches and breakfasts
. It's logo is a red high-heeled shoe that's topped with a sunny-side up egg. It's on Cortez Street right off of Canal St.
For gourmet dining in Mid-City or beyond, you can't beat Ralph's on the Park, a Ralph Brennan restaurant. It's right across from the City Park Ave. entrance to the City Park
. On a nice day, they open the French doors on the second floor dining room to the balconies.
The restaurant at 3800 Canal St. was first a grocery store started in 1898 by Italian immigrant Sebastian Mandina. Eventually it became a pool hall with sandwiches and then the iconic restaurant it is today. Hard hit by Katrina, the restaurant is much fancier inside nowadays, but the food is the same, including fried & grilled seafood, chicken steaks, Italian, and great h The home-made soups are great: Turtle with sherry, Vegetable, Seafood Gumbo and Oyster and Artichoke.
This is the original location of this long-time New Orleans char-broiled hamburger joint which now has locations in the suburbs that are much more pristine. It's on a strange triangular piece of land right next to a cemetery. It looks small but there is dining also on the second floor. You can't beat the barbeque burger with chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese. Add some cheese fries if you can handle it. It's right across from Delgado College
on City Park Ave. Open 24 hours.
Mona'sThis is the original Mona's at 3901 Banks St. is a great place to get home-made hummus, gyro's, falafel, lamb entrees and other Middle Eastern dishes in New Orleans. And you can eat outside on the front patio if you like. Attached to the restaurant is a small grocery store with exotic imported items.
Katie's, one of Mid-City's neighborhood restaurants, is located on Iberville St. around the corner from Liuzza's. It was devestated by the post-Katrina flood waters and lootings. After much struggle, the restaurant finally reopened in 2010. In addition to its varied menu, Katie's now also boasts pizzas right out of a Brooklyn New York City style stone pizza. And Sunday brunch is now served at Mona's with bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Mary's or Sangria.
The Mid-City Bulldog (There's also one Uptown) is technically a couple of blocks outside of Mid-City on Canal Blvd. It's definitely a Mid-City hangout that known for a wide variety of beers but also has a big menu of good pub food. And outside dining is an option on the atmospheric patio that is also very dog-friendly
This quirky popular Mexican restaurant also makes Margaritas and Mojitos.
In addition to the obvious - picnics - City Park has two nice lunch spots. Inside the Museum of Art
is a cafe by the Brennan's family and the Casino's Cafe offers sandwiches, coffee, popcorn, ice cream, and more. BTW, Casino is just the historic name of the building - it isn't and never has been a gambling casino.